Migraines can occur in an instant and can have a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms of a migraine can include nausea as well as light and sound sensitivity.
Neck pain may be the most common migraine symptom despite that fact that it is frequently overlooked.
In order to better understand the relationship between migraines and neck pain we must look at the neck’s main role. Understanding the neck’s structure and functions will give us a better understanding of how neck issues can lead to migraines.
There are three primary functions of the cervical spine.
1) It protects the spinal cord and the brainstem.
The upper cervical bones act as protection against damage to the spinal cord and brainstem. The first two vertebrae (C1 and C2) play an important role as the brainstem and spinal cord are considered the communication highway of the body, any misalignment can cause issues.
2) Supports the movement of the head.
The human head weighs on average between 10-14 pounds. If the first few cervical vertebrae are out of alignment, the weight of the head is not properly distributed. This can lead to excess pressure, pain and tingling down the neck shoulders and back.
3) Blood flow to the brain.
The neck vertebrae hose the vertebral arteries which supply oxygen and blood to the brain. Proper alignment of the is key in order for the brain to get the right amount of blood and oxygen
Neck Pain & Migraines
As you can see, migraines are related to neck pain due to the upper neck misalignment. Keep your neck muscles strong, posture straight and make sure to use pillows and cushions that are the right height and softness while you sleep.
If neck pain and migraines persist, a gentle neck traction device may be needed to help correct alignment and release tension in the upper cervical spine.
Imagine surrendering the weight of your head into a massage therapist’s healing hands, while the muscles in your neck, shoulders and face completely relax. You can enjoy these same relaxing benefits when you rest your head into the REAL-Ease’s cushioned surface.
Supportive foam paired with a smart orthopedic design uses the weight of your head to create a gentle traction.
The unique design allows for the entire weight of the head to be supported, alleviating pressure and tension from the cervical spine.
“I’ve tried many things for my neck pain and when ordering this I was sceptical that it would help. I was surprised and happy to discover that it does work. It’s easy to use and comfortable and my neck is awesomely pain free after I’ve used it the recommended 15 minutes. I would suggest trying the Real-Ease Neck and Shoulder Relaxer. ”
Everyone is familiar with the sensations of pain in their necks, upper back and shoulders to one degree of another.
For some, this can be a minor nuisance and for others it can be a debilitating event with major implications in their quality of life. For many people, neck pain can accompany headaches, dizziness and vision distortion.
Most people associate this pain as a local phenomenon involving muscles, fascia, blood flow and nerves. When the wisdom of East Asian medicine and acupuncture are applied to this cluster of symptoms, a deeper and broader perspective emerges.All the meridians (energy pathways) associated with the yang organs pass through the neck area.
These include the large intestine, small intestine, urinary bladder, gallbladder, stomach and the triple warmer (San Jiao).
When these energy pathways are taken into account, the existence of either acute or chronic neck pain take on a profound significance.
The tightness of the muscles of the neck limits and distorts the smooth and even flow of energy throughout these vital energy pathways.
Overtime, this energy impingement can lead to problems of the internal organs themselves. Therefore, it is essential to find ways to significantly reduce or even eliminate persistent neck pain in order to protect the health of the internal organs. It is also vital to not to become dependent on pharmaceutical drugs to relieve symptoms. Although the medications can provide symptomatic relief, they do not alter the muscle tightness and restriction of blood and energy flow through the neck area.
Everyday, it is important to have a period of deep neck and upper back relaxation.
The Doctor Riter’s Real-Ease is the perfect tool to help achieve this deep relaxation.
Dr. Richard Gold, MSTOM, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist and holds a Doctorate in Psychology. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1972 with a degree in World Religions and a minor in pre-medicine. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978 and since then has devoted his professional career to the study, practice, researching, teaching and publishing in the field of East Asian Medicine. http://www.mettamindfulnessmusic.com/about.html
Pain caused by neck and shoulder tension plague at least 20% of the US population. While some discomfort in the head, neck and shoulders is caused by psychosomatic factors like stress, other causes of neck pain stem from poor posture, cervical disc degeneration, whiplash as well as injuries from sports and exercise.
Thankfully, medication is not the only option for those who want a safe and gentle solution to neck and shoulder pain.
The REAL-EaSE® Neck Support was specifically designed to be the safest way to relax the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders.
Just one minute using the REAL-EaSE® and you can experience a natural way to alleviate the tension that builds at the base of the skull causing tightness in neck and shoulders.